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Cows Displaced After Hurricane Ike

Thousands of cows are displaced after Hurricane Ike hit Texas a couple weeks ago, some as far as twenty miles.

Helicopters and riders on horseback are working hard to herd the cattle into safer grounds where they can find water and grazing. The task of returning lost cattle to their owners is a daunting process, but everyone is willing to help in the southeast counties of Jefferson and Chambers where the devastation is occurring.

Mike Latta, a rancher and rice farmer said he has recovered 15 of his 400 cows and doesn’t have high hopes that he’ll find the rest. About 10,000 of the estimated 25,000 cattle missing have been found, The New York Times reported.

“It’s total devastation,? Latta said.

Congress has been asked to help affected ranchers and write an emergency appropriations bill.

“We’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars of damage,? said Todd Staples, commissioner of the state Department of Agriculture. “You can’t imagine the destruction until you see it,? The New York Times reported.